Jesus is the Answer

Where do I go for my sustenance?

I go to the Bread of Life.

Where do I find comfort?

I find comfort in my Wonderful Counselor.

What do I lean on when life is uncertain?

I lean on the Chief Cornerstone.

How can I be fruitful for God?

I will stay attached to the True Vine.

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Experiencing Jesus

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

This devotional is part 2 from yesterday.  Here is a link to the first part, if you missed it What about the Nails?

Do you know that Scripture never says if Thomas was able to touch the hands of the Savior or touch His side?  It was enough for him to hear the voice of his Savior and see the One who taught him how to truly live!  Yes, those scars are there and Jesus was willing to show them.  Maybe it was never about the scars.  Maybe it was about something more.  I believe Thomas wanted to see his Savior again.  The One who led him for three years.  The One who taught him so much.  Let’s follow the exchange between Jesus and Thomas, maybe we can learn a little more.

“A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them.” (John 20:26)

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What about the Nails?

Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it. (Thomas to the Disciples, John 20:25)

Today I had to pick up a few things at the grocery store and I was reminded how quickly Easter is  rushed away.  The baskets, candy, and stuffed animals are being sold at half price.  Wasn’t it just a few hours ago we were celebrating the resurrection of our Savior?  I know the stores don’t necessarily have a concern for that.  Their concern is to move merchandise.  It was the same at Christmas time.  Everything came in and moved out.  People were in a rush to buy it.  But most forgot to celebrate the Truth behind the story of Christmas.  My hope is that the meaning of Easter will not be lost on the shelves of merchandise.

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Feeling Blah

A few weeks ago, I woke up feeling blah.  I’m sure that you are familiar with that feeling.  That feeling where you would be happy to just lay in bed all day.  A feeling that comes out of no where and really has no reasoning behind it.  The week before I was feeling great!  I felt like God was doing some great things in and through me.  It was exciting!  There was really no good reason for me to be in a “Blah” state of mind.  Here are the words I wrote down that night before I went to bed.
I had a blah week.  Blame it on hormones, blame it on tiredness, blame it on a number of things. But the blame needs to go directly on me. I take the blame! No matter what anyone says, it’s a choice. I had a choice to stay in this blah state of mind or seek The Lord. I chose the blah. The blah sucked me in and made it difficult for me to escape. The blah stole moments from me this week. The blah lasted a lot longer than it should have.
My enemy was waiting for a moment to sneak in the blah, the mundane, the boring. God was waiting for me to come to Him to lay the blah at His feet. I didn’t come. I waited for it to pass. But it didn’t pass. It never does!

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The Power of Invitation

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)

It’s time to go on a search and rescue mission?  Are you ready? 

Easter is right around the corner and we are getting ready to celebrate the resurrection of our King.  I’m thinking the best way to celebrate this is to pray for that one lost sheep or possibly invite that one person to church.  Is there someone in your life who has been waiting for an invitation to church?  Most churches are packed on Easter.  They even offer extra services!  Now is the time to ask that extra friend or family member to church.  Now is the time to go on that search and rescue mission for that one who left the fold.  The one who went wandering off the path. 

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